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On Thursday, federal agents arrested Igor Danchenk, the primary sub-source who contributed to the unverified Steele dossier, as part of Special Counsel John Durham’s probe. Durham has been investigating the origins of the Donald Trump-Russia collusion claims following the 2016 election.
Durham is charging Danchenko, a U.S.-based Russian analyst, on five counts of lying to the FBI
“Danchenko’s arrest is linked to a federal grand jury indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Durham is charging Danchenko, a Russian citizen residing in Virginia, with five counts of making false statements to the FBI,” a Fox News report says.
“The charges stemmed from statements Danchenko made relating to the sources he used in providing information to an investigative firm in the United Kingdom.”
Danchenko cooperated with the FBI during interviews in 2017 interviews on the condition the FBI keep his identity secret to protect him.
For background, many insiders believe that Danchenko was the sub-source for former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who compiled the dossier to sink the presidential campaign and then presidency of Donald Trump. In a now-unsealed charging document, Durham’s office alleges that Danchenko knowingly made false statements to federal investigators about conversations he had with “sub-sources” while the FBI was interviewing him in 2017, including how he collected information for Steele.
“The information purportedly conveyed by the anonymous caller included the allegation that there were communications ongoing between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and that the caller had indicated the Kremlin might be of help in getting Trump elected,” Durham’s office said in a statement.
Never forget, Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign funded the dossier through the law firm Perkins Coie.
As noted by The Blaze, the indictment claims that “Danchenko misled the FBI by denying a relationship with a public relations executive and longtime Democratic operative and supporter of Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, when he had in fact anonymously sourced one of his allegations to that person.”
Danchenko’s arrest is the third criminal action brought by the Durham probe. Authorities first arrested former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith for falsifying a document used to obtain a surveillance warrant against Carter Page. Then in September, Durham indicted Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer who previously represented Clinton after she lied to the FBI during a 2016 meeting. According to The Blaze, “Sussman reportedly tried to present evidence to the FBI connecting the Trump campaign to the Kremlin-connected Alfa Bank.”
Danchenko is scheduled to make his first court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan Thursday afternoon.